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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Razamanaz
  2. Alcatraz
  3. Vigilante Man
  4. Woke up This Morning
  5. Night Woman
  6. Bad Bad Boy
  7. Sold My Soul
  8. Too Bad Too Sad
  9. Broken Down Angel
  10. Hard Living [*]
  11. Spinning Top [*]
  12. Woke up This Morning [Alternate Version][*]
  13. Witchdoctor Woman

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (October 31, 1989)
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000EAJL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kim Fletcher on May 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The title of this album says it all really, just say the word "Razamanaz" and you know it's time to party. With the release of this album, Nazareth had one of the most unusual albums to roar up the charts in 1973, not unusual in musical content, as it is a straight ahead, smack between the eyes Rock `n' Roll album, but in the company it kept at the upper reaches of the charts, considering this was the time of either Glam-rock (Sweet, Slade, T-rex etc) or highly avant - garde progressive rock (Yes, E.L.P., Jethro Tull) so to see a bunch of geezers from the heart of Glasgow, Scotland up against them caused many a backward glance, but shoot up the charts it did, attaining a high of No. 11 in the British charts. No mean feat for a band that had previously only released 2 albums, both recorded and promoted on small budgets, being honest, neither of them were truly representative of their wild stage act, mostly filled with ballads, where as this little baby is choc-a-block full of rockers. The Razamanaz album was a turning point in changing the fortunes of these Scottish rascals for the better. The basis of any good rock band is a solid rhythm section, these positions were filled by one of the nicest guys in Rock `n' Roll the aptly named Darrel Sweet on Drums, with the flamboyant and must have in your stage line up, Pete Agnew on Bass. If that was the engine room, then the decorations were laid on thick by Manny Charlton, Lead Guitar. (Who's catch phrase must have been "If you've got it flaunt it" as sprayed all over the songs, is wah-wah, fuzz box, feed back, and loads of slide guitar). Out front was graval voiced vocalist Dan McCafferty, who must of gargled with broken bottles every day to keep the chords in such rough shod order.Read more ›
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Like most people I was introduced to Scotland's finest rock band by way of their kick-ass single "Bad Bad Boy" when it first hit the airwaves in July 1973. I quickly nipped out to Pat Egan's Sound Cellar in Dublin and nabbed the album too - the fabarooney "Razamanaz" - and I've loved them both ever since.

This is the 2nd title in Salvo's UK reissue of Nazareth's back catalogue - "Nazareth and Exercises" (their first and second albums on 1CD) was their first and it's reviewed separately.

Released in September 2009, SALVOCD031 breaks down as follows (59:22 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are the album "Razamanaz" released in May 1973 in the UK on Mooncrest Records CREST 1 and on A&M Records SP-4396 in the USA. ROGER GLOVER of DEEP PURPLE produced the album to great effect.

Tracks 10 and 11 are "Hard Living" and "Spinning Top", the 2 non-album B-sides to "Bad Bad Boy", the UK 7" single issued on Mooncrest MOON 9 in July 1973

Tracks 12 to 15 are "Razamanaz", "Night Woman", "Broken Down Angel" and "Vigilante Man" - recorded live-in-the-studio in March 1973 for The Bob Harris Radio Show on the BBC

Each of these UK issues comes in a tri-gatefold card sleeve with the 'Loud, Proud & Remastered' logo on the front cover. When folded out, you get a repro of the gatefold artwork of the original UK LP and live shots from the period (the disc in the right flap, the booklet in the left). The 16-page colour booklet is superb, liner notes by band expert JOEL McIVER, pictures of rare UK 7" singles, Euro picture sleeves, US white-label promos, black and white snaps of the band in studio and on stage - all very nicely done.

But the really big news for the fans (as it is on the 1st Salvo CD) is the fantastic new SOUND.
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This is undoubtly the best album by Nazareth, and probably one of the greatest records ever produced ('though I liked the production of "Woke up this Morning" better on Excercises).
The songs, well, they are all great. The overall feeling of the record is very southern. If I didn't know these guys were from Scotland, I would have guessed Texas. "Vigilante Man" starts as an almost embarrassing-to-listen-to country-like song with lots of slide guitarr, but as the song moves along the sound gets rougher and rougher until it rocks really hard. The slide guitarr intro of "Woke up this Morning" is a logical progression to that.
Sold my soul is not only a great song, but also tells with much wit and humor exactly how it is to pray. "I prayed to God and Jesus, but I guess they didn't hear... I looked to the lord in heaven, but he must have went away." Take it for what it is, very intelligent humour, which most songs and records by this group is so full of. It may look like an ordinary "Wine women and Whiskey" attitude (like that of Guns'n'Roses), but it is done with a humour that I haven't seen with many other bands.
As some of the other reviewers have already pointed out, AC/DC and Guns'n'Roses got everything they know from these guys. Enough said!
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I originally bought this record in October 1977 & it turned out that THIS is my TOP FAVORITE album, by Nazareth. On May 3, 2013, I decided to buy the 2009 Remastered CD, which includes 6 BONUS TRACKS. I would really enjoy offering MY review & opinions of each song as follows:

1. "Razamanaz"...This song is the PERFECT song to open this album. It is EXCELLENT, in my opinion & it is a real fun song to listen to & enjoy.

2. "Alcatraz"...This is another EXCELLENT song. I really love the music & ESP., the Indian Beat, included here. I have always enjoyed listening to INDIAN music & TRIBAL beats. The ONLY thing that KILLS this GREAT song is the ABRUPT (change of pace) ending to it.

3. "Vigilante Man"...A much slower song, which sounds like country music, somewhat. It does get more INTENSE towards the MIDDLE to the END of the song. It is pretty good, by the way.

4. "Woke Up This Morning"...On this song, I would just rather hear the music, instead of the words. Lyrically, it ISN'T one of the most uplifting songs @ all. Just a passable song, to me.

5. "Night Woman"...This is another PERFECT song that's EXCELLENT in EVERY WAY possible. Real NICE vocals incl. here, along w/ the DREAMY & SPELLBINDING quality, to the music. And the drumming is also TERRIFIC.

6. "Bad Bad Boy"...This is a powerful tune, musically & vocal wise. Just ANOTHER passable song, to me.

7. "Sold My Soul"...This song is pretty good & really intense. I've always liked this song.

8. "Too Bad Too Sad"...This is the shortest cut on THIS album. I've always liked this cut, too.

9. "Broken Down Angel"...Another PERFECTLY good song here. It contains some real NICE vocals & I really love the WORDS.
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